Meaning of TERRIER in English

TERRIER

n.

Pronunciation: ' ter- ē - ə r, ' te-r ē -

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English terryer, terrer, from Anglo-French ( chen ) terrer, literally, earth dog, from terre earth, from Latin terra

Date: 15th century

: any of various usually small energetic dogs orig. used by hunters to dig for small game and engage the quarry underground or drive it out

terrier

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